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Victim died of head injuries after being knocked from his bike in Walsall in early hours of the morning

West Midlands Police have urged the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a cyclist in Walsall in the early hours of this morning to "do the right thing" and hand himself in.

The cyclist, who has not yet been named, sustained a fatal head injury in the collision, which happened on Midland Road, Darlaston, with police alerted to the incident by ambulance staff at 3.35am.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes from West Midlands Police's Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We understand the man was knocked off his bike by a car driver just after 3.30am and that the driver sped away from the scene, leaving the cyclist critically injured in the road.

“We have active lines of enquiries into the vehicle suspected of being involved; I would urge the driver to do the right thing and get in touch in order that we can hear their side of the story into what happened.

“A police family liaison officer has been assigned to the man’s family to offer support at this tragic time,” he added.

Anyone with information about the incident, or who witnessed it, is urged to contact the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit on 0121 322 6098 or by email at _invest [at] west-midlands.pnn.police.uk">fl_ collision _invest [at] west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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OldRidgeback [2847 posts] 2 months ago
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Let's hope the driver is caught and receives a suitable sentence - RIP to the victim

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Jimmy Ray Will [828 posts] 2 months ago
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So basically what we have here is a public announcement that they have no idea who the driver was, and have resorted to asking very nicely for the perpetrator to come forward. 

I fear justice will not be served here. 

RIP to the victim. 

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alansmurphy [1489 posts] 2 months ago
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That's a £600 fine that's not going to happen...

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craigstitt [85 posts] 1 month ago
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As much as it is unlikely that the driver will have a sudden attack of the guilts and hand themselves in, there is a much higher chance of a member of the public reporting a car which has suspicious damage that appeared overnight, or any reputable garage who gets asked to do some bodywork repairs might dump the driver in it.  But you never can tell....

 

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Richard D [108 posts] 1 month ago
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I was hit by a driver in Walsall two weeks ago when he attempted to pass me FAR too closely.  He didnt stop, but fortunately I was uninjured.  I submitted video evidence and a full statement to West Midlands Police that very evening.

I've heard *nothing* from them since - despite the widely publicised "Operation Close Pass" making us think that something is being done to address the issue.

I rang the Traffic Porcess Office's enquiry line ealrier today.  The automated message tells me how to obtain all sorts of versions of the road traffic collission report (and varying degrees of expense to the party requesting), but otherwise informs me that I should not expect to receive any update for twelve weeks.   Depite the fact that any Notice of Intended Prosecution has to be sent out within 14 days.

The Police might as well appeal to the driver's "better nature" in this case, because based on what I've seen at work this week (not limited to the above) there is sod all evidence of any actual policing going on out there.  Even when the video evidence is handed to them on a plate (or on a memory stick as the case might be).